DIY Granite Countertop Cleaner

I love this cleaner.  It works GREAT.  It leaves no streaks.  I also this on my mirrors, stainless steel and oven top.  Make sure you test the product in an inconspicuous area before first use!  I found this recipe here.


1/2 cup rubbing alcohol

2 cups water

8 drops dish soap  (I have used Kirkland and Joy..both work fine)

Mix together and store in spray bottle for easy use!  I love using this on my mirrors.  It’s streak free when I wipe with an old newspaper.  I LOVE this cleaner.DSC02800

Easy Breakfast Recipe


This recipe is easy, cheap and delicious. I wouldn’t advise eating it every day, though. You might gain a few pounds! My mom used to make this when I was little and I loved watching the “pancake” rise.

Oven Pancakes

3 T butter
1/2 c milk
3 eggs
1/2 c flour
1 T sugar
1/4 tsp salt

Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Melt butter in 9 inch pie plate or round pan. Beat together eggs, milk, flour, sugar, and salt. Pour batter into hot butter. Bake for 20 minutes. Cut into wedges. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Daily Shower Cleaner DIY


Hard water stains haunt my home.  I fight them in the bathroom by spraying this concoction all over the shower walls every time I shower.  It works great and it’s easy to make. Best of all, it’s much cheaper than the store bought version! I found the following recipe at I was skeptical, but once I tried it I fell in love. Here ya are, folks:

24 ounces of water
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
2 tsp dishwashing liquid (original recipe calls for Dawn. I use whatever I have on hand)
2 tsp automatic dishwasher rinse

DIY Liquid Hand Soap

DSC02801The other day I happened upon this DIY liquid hand soap recipe. I decided it was worth a try! I followed all the instructions set up on this blog, but used Irish Spring Soap instead. It smells wonderful and works well. This DIY hand soap is also much cheaper than the kind you buy in the store!

The Crock Pot is My New Best Friend

I shared my exciting job news in my last post.  While I’m ecstatic to finally be bringing home a pay check, I’m still committed to saving money.  I do not want to start spending frivolously just because my husband and I will be making more.  Thus, I’ve decided the Crock Pot is my new best friend.  It cooks while I’m away, makes plenty of food for left-overs and does not require expensive ingredients!  Perfect!  This week I’m going to cook up some Festive Black Bean Soup. It looks super tasty, healthy and not to mention easy on the wallet. Take a peek!

STEWing it Over

Recently, I was asked to post more recipes and research cloth diapers. After stewing it over, I decided to start with the easy assignment. What do recipes have to do with saving money?  A lot.  I really decreased our food bill by planning, making lists and preparing different types of foods.  I have found that stews/soups are easy to make and usually yield left-overs. The ingredients are reasonably priced, also.

Here is a link to one of my new favorite recipes, Slow-Cooker White Bean and Kielbasa Stew. (Hence, the title of  this post)  My husband rates it a 9/10. It’s healthy, easy to make and relatively inexpensive. Happy Cooking!

*I usually use turkey kielbasa. I also leave the spinach on the side since I’m not a big fan of leafy greens IN my soup. I’ve also added rice and chicken to make left-overs stretch further.  That’s the beauty of stew…it’s so versatile!

Saving Money With Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent

This blog could not be complete without a recipe for homemade laundry soap detergent. I won’t pretend I was the clever one that came up with it, so here is a link to the source!

This is the recipe I use:

* 1 bar of shaved soap (you can use Ivory, Zote or Fels-Naptha). I use a cheese grater. My sister dumps the shavings into a food processor after she grates it. Whatever floats your boat.

* 1 cup Washing Soda

* 1 cup Borax

Thoroughly stir together for 5 minutes! Only 1 TBSP needed per load!

Making your own detergent is quick and painless. It also spares some benjamins. I think it cleans well, also.

According to the writer of this recipe, one will save $0.16 per load. See his calculations HERE. $0.16 per load doesn’t sound like a lot, but if you wash 2 loads a day you will save $116 over the course of a year. That’s like a new pair of boots!

Vinegar Hair Rinse

Last night I arrived home from our Christmas vacation. After sitting in a car with a miniature snauzer snoozing on my lap for hours, I decided it was time for a shower.  Unfortunately, my hair conditioner stash was depleted.  So, I tried a tip I learned from reading a variety of blogs. I rinsed my hair with vinegar.  I have actually known about this vinegar use for months, but have always been doubtful about the efficacy of the exchange. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised when I brushed my hair and it was tangle free! I’m excited to try this apple cider vinegar recipe I read about here!

Homemade Granola Recipe

I really like oatmeal. My husband puts up with it. So, I decided to make him some homemade granola. Here’s the recipe:

Honey Granola
1 1/2 cup rolled oats; uncooked
1/2 cup steel-cut oats; uncooked
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup warmed honey
4 TBS melted butter or 1/4 cup olive oil
*For added flavor, mix in dried fruit/nuts after baking.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Warm honey to a syrupy consistency. Warm butter and add to honey. Mix well. Pour combined honey/butter into oats. Stir.

Spread ingredients onto a cookie/baking sheet.

Bake granola for 15-25 minutes, until it is golden. Stir once while mixture is baking.

Add nuts/dried fruit after granola is baked. Get creative! Cool and serve for breakfast!

Makes about 3 cups/24 0z.

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Homemade Wrinkle Releaser

I have to iron all of my husbands shirts. I disdain this task. I’m really not that good at ironing. I used to buy Downy’s Wrinkle Releaser to help with quick touch-ups. My sister informed me that you could make your own! Here’s the recipe:

2 cups water (distilled is best, but I use tap water)

2/3 cup liquid fabric softener

A few drops of rubbing alcohol

Pour in spray bottle (I use my old Downy bottle) and shake well! Test on inconspicuous area of clothing before spraying entire garment.

Here is a roughly estimated cost break-down.
1 33.8 fluid ounce bottle of downy wrinkle releaser costs approximately $9.99 according to I used the cheapest fabric softener I could find, Cuddle Soft. I bought a 60 fluid oz bottle for UNDER five dollars in August. It’s now November. I still have a lot of it left. Believe me, I do a LOT of ironing and de-wrinkling. I love this money-saving recipe!

You can also make your own “febreeze” and save. Go HERE
*This blog reflects the opinion of the author. Please understand that all information or opinions gleaned from this blog are done so at your OWN risk*